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Paul’s unpretentious, humorous and energetic style of street-level non-duality is honed by his years of involvement with 12-step programs and the recovery community, as well as his background in Zen and Advaita. In colorful and direct language, he points to the many ways we reinforce what he calls “selfing”, urging his listeners to honestly consider the facts of their daily experience, and look beyond the pull of the past and future, and the self-reinforcing self-importance of ego-identity. Paul is the author of The Escape to Everywhere and the subject of the DVD Traveling Lighter.
"We are saddled with the proscribed way of looking called self-centeredness. Everything is perceived as to how it pertains to me. The thing to do is to turn the light on it to see that all there is, is subject; there is no object called me as a subject. There's just subjectivity. That's the truth. Then enlightenment and all these goals become non-goals, because you realize there is nothing to seek.”
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In 1998, in a moment of despondency, a successful architect and community activist collapsed onto his drafting table, and woke up hours later with ecstatic energy coursing through every cell in his body. This was the dramatic beginning to Sat Shree’s spiritual journey, which shortly led him to his teacher, and a six-year sojourn in an ashram in southern India. Realizing that his initial kundalini awakening was not the final answer, he immersed himself in meditation and study of the ancient Vedic literature, exploring increasingly ecstatic—and equally challenging —meditative states, before discovering and realizing four distinct stages of enlightenment. Sat Shree (which means “Truth manifestation”) is now the spiritual director of the New Dharma community in Nevada, where the force that is at work within him is shifting the reality of people drawn there. He also teaches and holds retreats throughout the US, as well as in England and India. Sat Shree’s mission is to manifest a new spiritual culture that is in alignment with universal spiritual principles, and by doing so inspire mankind to create a sustainable future.
“Most of my work is with people who have already started the naturally occurring process of awakening, and I am showing them how to collaborate with that process, to get out of the way and let the universe do the work. Being in my energy field tends to accelerate their transformation. I guide people through what is actually a very mechanical process of unfolding, as consciousness wakes up, begins to let go of its identity as a biological being, and starts to identity itself with its original source — which can be experienced and known. It’s not about some God up there, selecting and judging. Transformation is a natural process.”
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Pamela Wilson evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She endears herself to her audiences with her playful and light-hearted humor, combined with compassion and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart, call forth our own inner sage, and create a space in which long-held struggles and notions about one’s identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please come and bring your questions!
"Every thought, every feeling, is a visitor. You just say: Welcome. Come in and sit with me."
"There is a notion that we left paradise a long time ago. But this secret garden was the Heart, always here, just waiting for our return."
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Join us in this special opportunity for series of meetings & daylong gatherings with Isaac & Meike:
Oct. 4th in San Rafael, and then in Berkeley: evening gatherings Oct. 5th, 6th & 7th
and Daylongs Sat & Sun. Oct. 8th & 9th
Isaac & Meike help us inquire into how we live our lives moment by moment, and how to better align ourselves with the deepest spiritual truths. They work through direct but good-humored questioning, reflecting back to us, and helping to unravel, the conditioning of the mind and the nervous system, allowing a deeper participation in the moment.
“An invitation to enjoy the sensation of now, which includes everything, the universe, our bodies, time and space, as the beloved.”
“An invitation to recognize the Truth of your self, who you are and have always been. As you are already This, there is no need for any effort or "getting there", just the simple recognition of That in which everything appears.”
“As we bring awareness to unconscious habits, there is a shift that occurs. In the course of investigation, people spontaneously recognize the true nature of themselves.”
Evening meetings & daylongs:
San Rafael: Thur. Oct. 4th, 7pm
Berkeley Meetings (see our East Bay Events page for details):
Oct. 5th, 6th & 7th at 7 pm
Suggested Donation for evenings: $10-$20
Sat. Oct. 8th, 11am - 6pm
Sun. Oct. 9th, 11am - 6pm
Suggested Donation for daylong events: $45-$100 each day
This retreat is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.
"Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know. Shift Into Freedom is a shining gem in the modern spiritual landscape."
- Adyashanti from his Foreword to Shift Into Freedom
"Many people have had glimpses of the freedom from separate sense of self or longer periods of resting in pure awareness. Whether this occurred unintentionally or through a particular method or letting go of methods, it can be considered an initial “waking up.” Some consider this transcendent "not-dual" state the goal of awakening and end up in a detached witness, a couch-potato stage, or continually “getting it and losing it.” People who come to Loch often report being stuck in a cul-de-sac of a detached state of pure awareness, not having a map or pointers to the fullness of living from awakening.
Just as there are helpful pointers to "waking up," there are ways to discover the unfolding of “waking-in” to a natural embodied well-being and “waking-out” to be able to create and compassionately relate. It is not enough to simply see through or deconstruct the mini-me. Awakening is a shift of knowing and identity in which we discover a new awareness-based operating system to live from open-hearted awareness. You will learn Loch's awareness inquiries, glimpses, and nondual pointers to help realize our capacity to be boundless and embodied, free and interconnected, joyful and supported, surrendered and empowered, unconditionally loving and naturally welcoming of all parts."
Loch Kelly is a contemporary spiritual teacher, psychotherapist, author and founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. After a spontaneous awakening early in his life, he went on to explore how to access, abide in, and live from awake awareness. In the early 1980’s, Loch was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal with teachers from a variety of traditions, including the legendary Dzogchen master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Later, Loch was invited to teach by one of his Tibetan teachers, Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as by Adyashanti. He has also worked extensively with the homeless, with families of 9/11 victims, and as an Interspiritual Chaplain at Union Theological Seminary, and has collaborated with neuroscientists in the study of awareness training. He is known for his warm sense of humor, and his practical, non-dual pointers, which help people shift into the freedom that has always been their true nature. His new book and audio CD, published by Sounds True, Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, has won two “Best Books of the Year Awards” including one from Spirituality & Health Magazine.
There is also a prior Saturday day long event, which has no prerequisite ....
SATURDAY Oct. 15, 11am to 5pm (no prerequisite): $80 - $100 per person
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1606 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
For more more details on Oct. 15th click here
LEVEL TWO - SUNDAY Oct. 16th, 11am - 5pm:
$80 - $100 per person
San Francisco Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94949
** LEVEL TWO on Sunday is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.
Scholarships available. Send inquiries to email@example.com
There will be some space for walk-in & pay at the door.